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Is there life after O/A-Levels? Definitely! How well a person does in tertiary education is correlated with job opportunities open to the person. Discuss issues pertaining to nstitutes of higher learning here.

Postby Imp75 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:27 pm

Hi Insider

Great ambition of your kid, not bad for someone who is only 16 yrs old.

I have friends who studied Biomed and currently working in the industry told me for careers in Biomed or careers involving research, it is very impt that the qualification sticks. Only PHDs are recognised and dare oing the research work. If someone plans to complete her education after degree, then the career path is indeed limited. Probably end up being research assistants or something like that.

So great to know that it is in your plan to put her thru PHD.

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Postby Zann » Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:53 pm

Hi,
Does mean that the option between JC or Poly is out for IP students?

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Postby clare » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:24 pm

Hi Insider
If your daughter intends to practise medicine in Singapore in future, she'll need to take note of the overseas medical schools that are recognized by the Singapore government. The complete list is here:-
http://www.smc.gov.sg/html/1153709442948.html

There is also the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School which seeks "outstanding students who have completed their undergraduate (or Master's or Ph.D.'s) training in the life sciences, engineering, pharmacology, chemistry, physics" fields. Some young friends whom I mentor have gone through the route of biomedical sciences/pharmacology studies etc before going to medical school, but it is a lot easier to get accepted into, say, U.S. med schools than NUS YLLSOM, since med school in U.S. is essentially a post-graduate degree.

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Postby mintcc » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:14 am

insider wrote:PS: it's challenging to be a parent when you want to match your frequency against your child's, as to whether you should lead, should guide, or should follow their thinking... Interesting...


totally agree with that...some times the parent's aspirations stand in the way of what the child truly wanted. It takes a parent with insight to support the child's own decision making esp against the peer pressure of people around you saying she should go to JC. It is also wise for your daughter to opt for what her interest is rather to conform with the crowd.

Many US universities accept transfer of credits and having a diploma in a related field can transfer many more credits than a JC cert and shorten the time for acquiring the degree significantly.

Here's a list of how the biomed schools rank :
http://www.usnews.com/articles/educatio ... ities.html

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandr ... bio/search

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandr ... med/search

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Postby Jenn » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:45 am

Hi Insider,

Some months ago there was an article in the straits times on Dr Lisa Ng. She followed her passion, took the path less traveled by going to the poly to do bio tech, could not get into the local uni and got her degree overseas instead. But look at what she has achieved.

This is a link to the article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Education/S ... 76599.html

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Postby pinky » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:40 pm

Is there a COP for JC entry just like sec 1? If there is, what is the COP for NJC and Hwa Chong? Thanks.

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Postby daisyt » Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:16 pm

Hi ..... How to judge which is better, JC or Poly in terms of getting into local U. Which one serve a better chance of getting into local U ?

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Postby schellen » Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:58 pm

daisyt wrote:Hi ..... How to judge which is better, JC or Poly in terms of getting into local U. Which one serve a better chance of getting into local U ?


As far as I know, if you just want to get into uni (no specific course/faculty indicated), then JC gives you higher chances. Students who go to JC do not aim to just pass A levels; they aim to get into uni because if they only have A levels, they will lose to their peers with poly diplomas. So unis will accept more JC students (but doesn't mean that if you go to JC, you will be guaranteed a place in uni).

However, if you have a poly diploma, and you want to enter uni, you need to do very well. Back when I was a pre-uni student, if I was a poly grad, I needed to be in the top 10% (among poly grads) just to get a chance in getting a place in uni (also no guaranteed place, just a chance). Why so strict? Well, poly grads enter the uni course at Year 2; they skip Year 1.

I think this "rule" still more or less applies now.

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Postby jedamum » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:05 pm

schellen wrote:Back when I was a pre-uni student, if I was a poly grad, I needed to be in the top 10% (among poly grads) just to get a chance in getting a place in uni (also no guaranteed place, just a chance). Why so strict? Well, poly grads enter the uni course at Year 2; they skip Year 1.

Do bear in mind that the selection of Poly route is no longer for the 'lesser academically inclined students'. These few years, many 'single pointers' who knows what they want to pursue in Uni, has been taking the Poly route as a stepping stone. That raise the bar for getting into the top 10% cohort.

Some still chooses the JC route as they are unsure of what they want to specialise in.

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Apprenticeship

Postby buds » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:11 pm

Some poly subjects also offer those internship /apprenticeship
programmes so students have hands-on experience with the
line of work that they're studying for.. I know of a friend who
continued working with his intern employer after graduating
from poly cos didnt manage to enter uni with his dip results.
He was from SP.

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